Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray was at the center of a litany of trade rumors, so many that the former Vanderbilt pitcher was scratched from his Sunday start at the request of several teams.
Now, just hours before the MLB trade deadline, one of the biggest names in the trade market is officially switching coasts. The New York Yankees obtained the 27-year-old right-hander on Monday, as first reported by YES Network’s Jack Curry.
The Yankees were speculated to be Gray’s next destination for some time, but it reportedly took a while to put together the deal. The final parameters of the trade:
The Athletics will get shortstop Jorge Mateo, outfielder Dustin Fowler and pitcher James Kaprielian while also sending the Yankees $1.5 million in international signing money.
Gray is making $3.6 million this season and is under team control through 2019. He will be eligible for arbitration in 2018 and ’19.
Over parts of five seasons in Oakland, Gray was 44-36 with a 3.42 ERA. The franchise took him in the first round (No. 18 overall) in the 2011 draft.
He’ll join a starting rotation that includes Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Luis Severino as the Yankees look to hold off the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Yankees currently lead their rivals by half a game.